Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Yesterday, one of the Spark Articles in my email was "Are You Cheating Yourself by Choosing the Treadmill?" www.sparkpeople.com/reso
The article looks at the pros and cons of two choices for walking or running: outside or on a treadmill. There are other options, especially for walking.
There's the mall. If you have to drive to get to a gym to use a treadmill or to a park or bike trail for a safe place to walk outside, then it should be no big deal to drive to a mall, if you have one nearby. Some people meet in malls solely to walk, so spending money while there is optional. Around here, malls tend to be less crowded on weekday mornings, making them ideal times to walk (or shop). And since you are inside, you don't have to worry about rain, snow, or ice - at least while you are inside.
When I go to the mall, I like to park farther from the entrance, so I get to walk to the mall itself, and then I walk around the mall. I may stop at one or two stores to buy what I need, but I like to walk all over the mall for exercise.
I wear a pedometer every day (except when I forget) to record all my steps. My current goal is 5000 steps a day. Some days I go over, some days under. I've found a good way to increase my step count without going anywhere. I can do it in the privacy of my apartment, when no one is watching. I march in place for 25 or 50 steps. Or I'll do "bursts," where I'll jog in place for 25 or 50 steps. Sometimes, I'll even practice a few dance steps. I've found all of these to be good ways to increase my step count, and one takes a long time.
Therefore, some days I can get the majority of my walking in by walking inside, and not setting foot on a treadmill.